Hopped On The High Seas - Calypso - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeast on 03-28-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by chefhatt:
Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can, it has a golden color body with a one inch frothy head. The aroma is of strong hops and a little malt also. The taste has a good bitter hop bite to it. It also has a nice malt backbone to it. The mouthfeel is crisp and hearty and overall another good ipa from ccb.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can - canned 3-14-14 - nice, in the can less then a month...

Pours glowing reddish almond amber, lightly hazed. Moderate and relaxed lite oatmeal head, leaves nice lookin fine fields of tiny bubble low sheeting.

Tropical fruity nose with some pine hop notes.

This IPA packs more then a moderate hop package. Robust, fresh and muscular tropical fruit and resinous hop notes abound. Densely hopped right through the finish. Tasty IPA in a can....always a good thing...

Photo of dogfishandi
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a snifter. Canned 3/14/14 (a little over 1 month old)

Pours out a nice bright orange color, mostly clear body, maybe the slightest bit of haze. A nice retentive slightly off white head. Very nice lacing clings to the glass.

Not a very exciting aroma. Bright citrus grapefruit rind with a touch of bright tropical fruit. Some bready malts noticeable.

Tart and tangy hop, sharp tropical fruit somewhat similar to pineapple and kiwi, bright citrus character, finishes with a grapefruit citrus rind bitterness. Almost a slight woodiness as it warms.

Medium to light in body. Goes down easy. Leaves a bit of a lingering hop bitterness.

Not a bad beer, but it left a little to be desired. I'd be interested to try other versions of this, but I probably wouldn't buy this one again. Worth a shot if you've never had it. Has a kind of unique tart, tangy hop.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange body. Small white head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Not a very intense smell. Some grapefruit citrus. Orange. A bit of doughy malt sweetness. Toasty malts, too.

Taste - Grapefruit. Slightly musty. Sweet caramel. Toasted malt. Seems a deeper roasted malt profile than other variants. Grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Bitter. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Decent, but doesn't stand out against the other variants.

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some floral notes, a bit of citrus as well. Taste has considerable bitterness, some resin flavors, light malts, a touch of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but not up to par with some of the other IPA's from this brewery.

Photo of pjkelley82
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into snifter...

Dark hazy amber in color. Head is just magnificent. 3in(a little aggressive) Bone to antique white in color. Foamy, rocky, pillows. Lacing down the entire glass, not much glass is seen.

Melon, honeydew, pine hop

Melon, honeydew, bitterness is at a medium, more so in the finish and aftertaste. A good malt bill. Balanced pretty decently with more of an edge to the hop bitterness of a west coast ipa or a cascade hop.

Smooth and creamy. Medium feel, fresh and goes down nice. Lightly carbonated and I mean reaaallll light. Juicy.

A solid ipa. You wont be disappointed in it unless every beer you drink must be better than the last best one you had. Theres plenty of other solid ipas available to you that you'd probably prefer but its worth trying. The biggest thing for me is getting to know different hop types and what I like and this fits the bill. I didn't love it but I didn't loose the house on trying it.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

madnismo hooked me up with a bunch of cool extras in a great trade. Shared a couple of the plunders tonight with a few buddies.

12oz can pours with a 1 finger meringue white head... clear orange... great lacing.

Nose is okay... pithy citrus and a bit more tropical fruity hoppiness... the hops seem to be muted a bit by a sorta biscuity pale maltiness that is a touch big for my liking.

Bitterness is good.. lightly toasted biscuits on the palate again weigh heavy on the hop flavors..

Bigger bodied than most IPA's... even given the bigger abv... light very small bubble carbonation accentuates the heavier palate.

Pretty good... Glad I got a chance to try it... Thanks Nathan!!


Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.87/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can gifted to me by stillmatic2232 to see if I would dislike it as much as he did. Ha!

Pours a glowing light amber, with a one inch head that quickly drops to a long lasting film on top of the glass. Rings of foamy lacing line the glass.

This one actually smells pretty nice. Some tropical citrus fruit, and a lot of pine.

But, ugh, the taste just veers way off here. Astringently and uninterestingly bitter. Very dry, too dry. There's no sweetness or juiciness from the hops, just aspirin like bitterness. A little bit of pine, a tiny bit earthy, but just mostly bitter. Don't get me wrong- I love beers that are insanely bitter with high IBUs- but they have to have something else to balance the bitterness. This has nothing. No malt flavor.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Sort of a disgusting lingering bitterness on the back of the throat. Try not to burp or you'll be grossed out.

A miss from Cigar City, pretty disappointing. I'd like to try some of the other ones, Calypso seems like a bad choice.

Photo of cbutova
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Once again have to thank my cousin Sonny for sending me a box of FL brews.

A- Poured from the can to a tulip glass for the review with a slightly hazy orange body. Creamy white cap rises to two fingers high with fairly good retention. Lacing starts with plentiful webs at the top with drizzle and spots below.

S- Hops are fairly strong but not super pungent. Profile of citrus pith, orange zest, floral, pine and some light tropical fruit. Backdrop of doughy biscuit malts and yeast bread.

T- Hops once again the focus and perhaps pick up some strength here. Grapefruit pith, apple, orange zest, stone fruit pulp, floral, spicy and somewhat herbal feel. Once again rounded out by biscuit grains and yeast bread.

MF- Light bodied with a silky and slightly creamy texture. Carbonation is at a medium level and smooth. Moderate bitterness lingers in the finish.

Calypso hops seem to provide a unique fruitiness and a spicy herbal bitterness to a good deal of citrus similar to many other hops. Solid IPA but it joins a long list of other solid examples of this style.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass (canned 3/14/14), orange amber colored with a short white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: sweet citrus and pine, mango, pineapple, tropical fruit salad, very sweet smelling

T: very bitter pine up front, resinous, does not sweeten substantially, finish is more bitter pine

M: medium to full bodied, barely detectable alcohol

O: crazy that this beer smells sweet and malty but tastes like a nuclear hop bomb

Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours a translucent reddish ornage color with over an inch of frothy white head. Some lacing. The aroma is tropical and citrus fruits. Some dankness. Not a big nose on this one. The taste is herbal hops with a noticeable malt presence. Tastes boozier than expected and somewhat medicinal. Tropical fruit notes but mostly its that medicinal and herbal taste. Aspirin aftertaste. I thought this one was going to be fruit forward but instead its mostly herbal hops. Mouthfeel is oily with a lot of carbonation. Overall, all set with this one.

Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Once more, a trip to Pinocchio's (@PinBeer) in Media, PA sees me coming away with a bunch of new CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "Drink fresh! Do not age! Pour gently into a glass."; "A tropical IPA dry-hopped on the high seas with one of our favorite hops: Calypso"; "Caribbean-style ale".

A nice, loud Crack! presented a brimful craft CAN, but these guys must have been talking to my Old Lady, who was scandalized by the inverted Glug. It's beer, kids! It ain't gonna bruise, but I promised that I would use a gentle pour when so directed. I was gentle, I swear, but I still got a two finger cap of tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a solid amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity and loads of tight, tiny CO2 bubbles in evidence. Sticky lacing was already beginning to form as the head fell. In the meantime, I had Calypso music going on YouTube as accompaniment. Nose had a tropical fruit smell, kind of sharp, not as user-friendly as some of the other varietals in this series. Mango and papaya were the prevalent scents. Mouthfeel was medium but this one had a really sharp bitterness that I did not find terribly pleasant. An earlier reviewer mentioned "aspirin" and I would have to agree. I see that it CAN be used as both a bittering and a flavor/aroma hop, and while it certainly imparted both, it needed to be paired with another varietal, IMHO. It was causing me to make a bitter beer face and while I usually like bitter IPAs, this was all edges and angles with no redeeming softness. Finish was gaspingly dry and bitter. Tart, bitter, slightly fruity, but just not my cup of tea.

Photo of EdwardK77
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light copper in color, a nice head recedes slowly leaving pleasant lacing. Not overly effervescent.

S- Not overpowering but not out of character for IPA. After some agitation I can smell some sweet citrus profile.

T- Nicely bitter easy drinking IPA, not knocking my top ipa's off their pedestal but really good.

M- On the lighter side with some pleasant crispness.

O- I prefer Jai Alai but I would buy this again as well.

Photo of justintcoons
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into a pub style pint glass.

Golden with 2 fingers of creamy, off-white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Cantaloupe, honeydew, pear, and Pilsner malt.

Cantaloupe, pear, and honeydew melon. Bready, biscuity malts. Finishes with pine, grapefruit zest, pine needles, and hints of onion.

Medium bodied, crisp, smooth, moderately bitter, and semi-dry.

A lot of melon. Not necessarily my favorite hop.

Photo of RonMexico
1.51/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

This beer is terrible, it's difficult to describe it in any other way. Very rarely am I disappointed in a CCB offering but this is GOD awful. I have worked my way through three cans with my last one being a one sip then drain pour. You missed the mark on this one CCB. A truly awful beer.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a light, vibrant, caramel-copper coloring with a tall, foamy, fluffy, off-white head. Nose of tropical fruit (pineapple and melon), with a caramel backbone, and herbal hops highlights. Flavors are spicy and sweet forward, with a pepper spice overtone throughout. Caramel, pineapple, and melon, with a hint of tart grapefruit, highlighted by herbal hops, a solid resinous character, cut grass, oregano, and subtle tobacco notes. Very interesting blend of fruit and herbs. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a dank, resinous, and spiced aftertaste. The finish is slick, smooth, and dry. Solid, unique beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

LOOK: A light orange colored brew with a bit of a chill haze. A large soapy head forms and lasts a good while. Soapy bubbles are left stuck to the glass.

SMELL: Piney, resinous hop notes with a bready, sweeter malt backing. Some fruitiness comes through as well, definitely smells like an IPA should.

TASTE: The hops are upfront and bitter, with earthy, piney notes dominating. Fresh citrus peel flavors meld with the bitterness, quite rind like in its citrus character. More bitter than some of the other Cigar City IPAs I've tried. Some alcohol is noticed and there is a bready malt presence.

FEEL: Light bodied with a crisp hop bite and slight dryness on the palate. Well carbonated brew that really makes you want to take another sip.

OVERALL: This is a very drinkable, well crafted brew from Cigar City. Nice hop character and manages to be refreshing as well as bitter as hell. I was left satisfied.

Photo of dar482
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy medium plus amber orange.

The aroma surprisingly has green apple and pear like the hop notes say. Almost a green apple Jello. There's a bit of a candy sweetness in there as well. A light fruity hop aroma.

The flavor follows with that pear and apple in the front, a touch of fruitiness. Some light citrus peel, then the beer just explodes of bitterness throughout. Fresh grass at first, then onto pine, and then onto heavy resinous pine, almost touching on earthy bitterness.

The Calypso hop feels incomplete to me, but this is still a fine brew for those who can put up with the bitterness.

Photo of CraigS119
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at some random liquor store near the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL). It wasn't cheap, $10.49 for the sixer, but had to try it.

A- Pours a beautifully cloudy copper with a nice, thick white head.

A- Not too much going on here.. but definitely a fruity sweetness..perhaps…berries?

F- A hoppy IPA no doubt, but very crisp. Followthrough is a combination of bitter, malty, and lightly sweet with almost metallic or berry notes.. like the skin of a blueberry? Or pineapple? I'm not sure, but it's working.

M- Heavily carbonated; thick, full mouthfeel

O- Definitely another great IPA from CCB. However, I have to prefer the complexity and orangey zest of Jai Alai; this beer just doesn't seem to capitalize on the fruit flavors like some of the top IPAs do.

Certainly a great beer for someone seeking a crisper, lighter, daytime IPA, but falls flat when compared to Two Hearted and others.

Photo of flagmantho
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz can into my Hillside Bar pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Not bad at all!

Smell: quite malty with plenty of sweetness and only mild hop character. Frankly it smells a little homebrewey, or like a too-sweet European lager. Kind of a weird one for me.

Taste: again, malty, but somewhat better than the aroma. The calypso hops don't seem to have a whole lot of character, but the bitterness is nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and OK creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: this beer just does not really resonate with me, which is a disappointment because I tend to really like Cigar City's offerings.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Fairly clear, nice gold, with a finger's worth of white head that sticks around well for an IPA. Lots of visible carbonation underneath.

S: Grassy and floral hops, some bready malt, and light citrus hops - not a huge nose on this one.

T: Grassy, citrus rind and floral hops, significant alpha bitterness over the biscuit malts. Bitter with mild resin character at the swallow that lasts into the hang.

M: Medium body, alcohol well-hidden, and good carbonation sensation.

O: Another acceptable Hopped on the High Seas offering, but nothing has come close to Citra. I preferred this to the last couple by a slim margin - but honestly the last few have been somewhat disappointing if still drinkable.

Photo of JDV
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Awesome extra in trade. Thanks! Pours rich golden with creamy small white head. Smell is subtle hops on this 3 month old can. Kind of creamy smelling with a papaya/guava type fruity nose not typical of most IPAs. Taste is much more bitter than the nose would lead on. Kind of a sharp grassy almost pilsner like bitterness to the flavor with a subtle tropical fruit flavor and a bitterness that borders on medicinal/aspirin. Full body, but not syrupy or heavy with appropriate refreshingly prickly carbonation. Very Good IPA overall but the slightly aspirin like bitterness holds it back from being great, even though it does have a unique fruitiness to it that I like.

Photo of GJ40
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz can purchased at The New Leaf Market in Tallahassee.

Golden with good clarity and a small white head. Firm tropical fruit notes. The can doesn't lie. But the tropical fruit isn't as prominent in the flavor. It's got more grassy notes and a dry, lingering bitterness that lingers forever (and not necessarily in a good way). As a hophead, I can appreciate the intensity and effort but I doubt everyone can.

An OK beer.

Photo of JackTse
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - This beer hit the sweet spot. Golden amber on the dark side. 5

Smell - Not outgoing but if you breathe deep, you can get a citrus apple aroma with a hint of caramel. 2.5

Taste - Tastes of apple, biscuit, citrus rind (bitter), clean and crisp. 3

Mouthfeel - Perfect for an IPA. Crisp, smooth — could shot gun if I was 19 years old. LOL 4

Overall - I liked it but did not love it. 3.65

A lot of Apple flavors. I think I can name another beer that does this better though.

Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is clear orangey-amber with a foamy, 1-finger khaki-colored head. Nice collar of lace.

S: Tropical fruit, orangey citrus and a bit of caramel malt underneath.

T: Solid foundation of toasty malt. Citrus peel - juicy lemon and grapefruit bitterness. Finishes with a modest grassy or piney taste to it, with lingering bitterness on the tongue. Slight metallic sensation on the finish and in the aftertaste as well, reminds me of rye at times.

M: Gives the impression of feeling a tad bit thin; call it medium in heft. Carbonation is modestly creamy in feel.

O: Solid stuff. A little different than your typical American IPA, but in the ballpark. Not nearly as good as the Citra version, but this is solid.

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Hopped On The High Seas - Calypso from Cigar City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.